A Norwegian children’s charity left a thinly-dressed 11-year-old boy shivering at a bus stop in the winter cold to test how many people would spontaneously help him.
It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust, but I’m breaking with tradition and posting a non-TED talk. It’s an excerpt of a longer commencement address given at Kenyon College in 2005 by the late American novelist David Foster Wallace. When I came across the video, nine days after it was posted on YouTube, it already had over four and a half million views; I decided I needed to share it here. The link to the full talk, and the book by the same name, is below the video.
*update May 28, 2013 – I guess somebody was unhappy, and the video I originally shared was pulled for copyright infringement. Too bad. I’ve found another version of the talk, broken up into part 1 & 2 (without the great visuals of the one I first posted).
Karen Armstrong, former nun and prolific author on religious issues, gives a talk in 2008 on fostering compassion for today’s TED Talk Tuesday.
“If we don’t manage to implement the Golden Rule globally, so that we treat all peoples, wherever and whoever they may be, as though they were as important as ourselves, I doubt that we’ll have a viable world to hand on to the next generation.”
*LOL – not sure what happened, but I’ve now posted the video that goes along with the Karen Armstrong quote. It’s hard to get good help these days!*